Meet the Team

Bertie Vidgen is a DPhil student at the Oxford Internet Institute researching far-right political extremism in online contexts. He is interested in how the beliefs and ideologies of extremist groups are related to how they act, both online and offline. Situated in the computational social sciences, his research project will use large quantities of unstructured textual data, collected from online platforms such as Twitter, to map contemporary extremism. Prior to studying at Oxford he completed a BA in History and Politics at the University of Warwick (2013) and an MA in Ideology and Discourse Analysis at the University of Essex (2014).

Ilan Manor is a PhD candidate at the Department of International Development at the University of Oxford. His research areas include digital diplomacy, public diplomacy, network analysis and framing theory. His analysis of America’s online nation branding activities was recently published in Digital Diplomacy: Theory and Practice (Routledge). His latest article, published in The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, included a comparison of the digital diplomacy activities of eleven foreign ministries. Future projects include a cross national comparison between digital immigrants and natives practicing digital diplomacy and an analysis of diplomatic networks online. He blogs at

Robert Blakey is a DPhil Criminology student interested in how brain-based explanations of criminal behaviour might change public support for different aims of the criminal justice system. If the public infer a genetic and unconscious source of offending that is blamed on the brain, offenders may be perceived as less blameworthy but more dangerous; crime as a cancer rather than evil. Rob is testing these predicted effects through mock court experiments.

Jozef A. Kosc is reading the MSc in Global Governance & Diplomacy at the University of Oxford, Lincoln College. His research focuses broadly on Allied grand strategy and, in particular, on the institutional causes of post-transitional violence in the Middle East (Iraq, Syria and Lebanon). He is currently investigating the legal, economic and political pre-conditions of the transformation of al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) into the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). He has participated in briefings on the Allied withdrawal from Afghanistan at NATO HQ, and on a coordinated response to the Ukraine crisis at NATO’s Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE). Most recently, he contributed to the 2015 UK National Security Strategy (NSS) and Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR), and has advised the UK Government on policies of engaging the ISIS threat. He is a General Editor of the St Antony’s International Review (STAIR) journal.

Porey Lin is a MPhil (Master’s) in Politics at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University. His main research interests are non-democracies, political violence and political institutions.  He is currently researching how different types of elites in non-democracies respond politically during economic crises.  Prior to studying at Oxford University, he pursued his undergraduate degree at UCLA in Los Angeles, California, where he studied political science and Russian studies.

Amogh Dhar Sharma is a DPhil candidate in International Development at Oxford Department of International Development. His thesis focusses on India’s political economy, and the changes in electoral trend and party politics in the age of social media. His research draws upon insights from Political Sociology, Anthropology and History.